Archive for March, 2011

Vista Anti-Virus 2011– Seriously, Microsoft?

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Last night I was doing some Google queries to research a technical issue I was having with GlusterFS. I clicked on a link Google had suggested for me and suddenly the performance of my system had slowed to a crawl. I assumed that the site had JavaScript, or some other poorly implemented client-side code on it but it was really much worse.

I had been hit by malware…


If you get less spam today, thank Microsoft

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Microsoft is usually the punch line of jokes related to the security of their software but apparently they take spam, botnets, and malicious code creators very, very seriously.

In an apparent raid coordinated between Microsoft and federal authorities yesterday (as the wall street journal first reported) one of the largest botnets in the world (known as “Rustock”) was shutdown. “Rustock” was believed to be in control of over one million infected PCs worldwide and responsible for more than a billion spam messages a day.

So if you notice that the spam in your inbox is a little lighter today than it was yesterday, You might just have Microsoft to thank.

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Massive earthquake in Japan leaves only the Internet as a communication method

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Cellular phone networks and land lines were disrupted as a result of the devastating earthquake in Japan leaving the Internet as the only  means of communication for most residents. This event – as well as all of the recent turmoil in Africa and the middle east just gives more power to the idea that the Internet has become much more than a medium for entertainment and time wasting.

The Internet is oxygen for people going through crisis.


How to: Install APF (advanced policy firewall) for Linux

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011


This article explains how to quickly install and configure APF (Advanced Policy Firewall) for Linux.